Hi, Play Therapy Enthusiasts!

Our last Lunch and Learn for the year is THIS FRIDAY, December 8, in Stillwater.  Please join Dr. Diane Stutey and OKAPT board member Nikkie Dunnigan as they present: “Reality Play Therapy: A Playful Approach for Older Children, Teens, and Adults”.  To register for this FREE training for OKAPT members, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/okapt-lunch-and-learn-reality-play-therapy-tickets-39621782819

This will be our last Lunch and Learn for 2017.  We will kick off next year’s trainings after our Annual Conference in January.  I will keep you up to date with those trainings through newsletters and at our website: http://oka4pt.com/training/


Registration for the Annual Conference is now LIVE

Join us on Saturday, January 27, 2018 to see Dr. Terry Kottman present “Art Techniques for Play Therapists.”  Registration opens at 8:00 am with the Opening Ceremony commencing at 8:45 am and training closing at 4:45 pm.  We will be having a member meeting during the lunch hour.  ALL MEMBERS are invited to attend this meeting.  We want to hear your ideas for this next year!

On Friday, January 26, 2018, Pre-Conference workshops will be held.  If you are a member, you can attend one of these for FREE!  Non-members are also invited to attend for $50.  You can chose between two workshops:

  • Julie Reising, LMFT presenting: “Mindfulness in Play Therapy: Why it is Good for Play Therapy and You!”
  • Stephanie Horton, LPC, RPT-S and Sharon Beets, LPC, RPT-S presenting: “Ethics/Supervision in Play Therapy”

If you are interested in having a vendor booth at the conference, please email OKAPT for the form to fill out to participate at okassociationforplaytherapy@gmail.com.

For all of the information on the conference and to register, visit http://oka4pt.com/event/annual-conference-2018/

You must register for the Friday night workshops in order to attend.   Registration will close on the Thursday before the conference.


Thank you all and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

Nancy Rumley Soliz

OKAPT President

Greetings Play Therapy Enthusiast!

The APT Annual Conference in Minneapolis was phenomenal!  I encourage you to set aside time in your calendar to join the conference next October 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona.  Keep an eye on your inbox closer to time for details on how to register.

In Oklahoma, we have two more Lunch and Learns scheduled for 2017!

  • November, 10 2017 — Oklahoma City — St. Luke’s United Methodist Church

11:30 am-1:30pm

Title: Play Therapy 101 and the Ethics of the Practice of Play Therapy

Presenter: Nancy Rumley Soliz, MS, LMFT, RPT-S


  • December 8, 2017 — Stillwater — Public Information Office Building

11:30 -1:30 pm

Title: Reality Play Therapy: A Playful Approach for Older Children, Teens, and Adults

Presenters: Diane Stutey, PhD, LPC, RPT-S and Nikkie Dunnigan, MS, LPC, RPT

Remember, as a member of OKAPT, the trainings are FREE!  You can check out the training for the first time for FREE as well.  The trainings are $30 for others attending.  Join OKAPT/APT at www.a4pt.org prior to attending to get in for FREE!

Oklahoma’s Annual Conference will be up for registration very soon!  I will be sending out a separate email when it goes live.  If you would like to know about being a vendor for the conference, please email okassociationforplaytherapy@gmail.com

Have a great day!

Nancy Rumley Soliz, MS, LMFT, RPT-S

OKAPT President

Sharon Beets, RPT-S and President-Elect of the Oklahoma Association for Play Therapy hosted a Lunch & Learn last month in Broken Arrow. This training is one of eight Lunch & Learns hosted by OKAPT during 2017 at various locations across the state. These Lunch & Learns are FREE to members of the Association for Play Therapy.



Tulsa Lunch and Learn will be THIS Friday, October, 27th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm in Broken Arrow.  FREE to OKAPT members!  The location is:

517 W. Washington
Annex behind Brighter Dimensions


Email Sharon Beets, LPC, RPT if you are attending.  skbeets@yahoo.com


Stay tuned for the registration for the OKAPT Annual Conference in January with Terry Kottman!

Greetings, Play Therapy Enthusiasts!

October is finally here, and you know what that means:  APT Annual Conference time!  I know we have several people that are making the trek up to Minneapolis to increase their knowledge in play therapy.  I hope that those that are going can share their knowledge with those of you that are unable to attend this year.  For those of you that are going, I’m hoping that we can all meet up for dinner and dessert Friday evening around 7pm.  Look for an email on further details once we arrive in Minneapolis.

The next Lunch and Learn is scheduled for Friday, October 27th at 512 W. Atlanta, Broken Arrow, OK from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.  Sharon Beets, LPC, RPT-S will be presenting on working with Divorce using Play Therapy.  Please email Sharon if you plan on attending so she can make sure she has enough materials and handouts.  Her email is: skbeets@yahoo.com.

I hope you take time to jump in a pile of leaves and play before next month!

Nancy Rumley Soliz, MS, LMFT, RPT-S

President OKAPT

Hi, Play Therapy Enthusiast!

I apologize for the later than usual monthly newsletter.  I do have an 8 lb. 5 oz. baby boy that was born on August 24th as an excuse!  Please forgive me if I’m not as quick to respond over the next month.  You can meet my newest edition by joining us at the Association for Play Therapy Annual Conference in Minneapolis.  If you are wanting to see about rooming with someone from Oklahoma for the conference, please feel free to email us through the website and we will see if we can get you matched up. http://oka4pt.com/contact-us/


Our next Lunch and Learn will be held on Friday, September 22nd 11:30 am-1:30 pm at 605 W Gore Blvd Suite 3, Lawton, OK 73501.   The title of the workshop is: “Working with ADD/ADHD Clients using Play Therapy” presented by Cynthia Osuna, MA, LPC, RPT.   Two hours of FREE CEUs for OKAPT members!  You can bring a friend or come for your first time for free as well.  If you are not a member, the cost is $30 for CEUs.  Let us know that you will be attending by emailing Cynthia at cynthia.ma.lpc@gmail.com.  I hope to see you at one of the numerous training opportunities we have for OKAPT members!


Play on!

Nancy Rumley Soliz, MS, LMFT, RPT-S

President, OKAPT

Big announcement for the OKAPT Annual Conference!


Hello Play Therapy Enthusiast!

It is time for the big announcement for the OKAPT Annual Conference.  The conference will take place on Saturday, January 27, 2018 with Dr. Terry Kottman!  Terry Kottman, Ph.D., RPT-S, NCC, LMHC will present on Art Techniques for Play Therapists.  This will be a conference you do not want to miss!  Stay connected with us for more information on registration.   Two pre-conference workshops for Friday, January 26, 2018 have already been posted on the website under ‘Training Opportunities.’

OKAPT has been really busy with Lunch and Learns.  The last one on July 14th in Tulsa was a great success.  We are glad we are getting to provide our members with more and more perks for being a part of this great organization.  The next Lunch and Learn training will be held on August 18th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City.  The training will be done by Betsy Maguire and will be on Play Therapy with Sandtrays.  As always, members will get 2 CEUs for FREE.  If you are not a member, the cost will be $30.  HOWEVER, we want to encourage those new to the field to come, so we will provide one training for FREE for non-members to get a feel of what OKAPT has to offer you and your professional development.  So, if you have never come to a training please join us!  Also, check out the website for the most up-to-date information on trainings and if a training is coming to your area soon!  www.oka4pt.com

From the desk of the President-Elect…

The APT dude has been working hard this summer!  Pictured here with Sharon Beets, OKAPT President Elect, he attended New Hope Summer Camp.  The Dude was assisted by interns from
FIVE Oklahoma Colleges and Universities.  These students were bachelor and master level counseling students all interested in Play Therapy.  NSU-BA, OSU, OU, East Central, and Tulsa Community College were represented. The interns and Dude provided activities for campers during four afternoon sessions.
New Hope is an organization that provides support and outreach to children who have a parent incarcerated.
Way to go Guys!!


Play on!

Nancy Rumley Soliz, MS, LMFT, RPT-S

OKAPT President

Hello, OKAPT!

Hello OKAPT!

I hope you had a safe and restful Independence Day.  I wanted to send out a reminder about the Lunch-and Learn training we have coming up in the Tulsa area on Friday, July 14, 2017 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.  This training is FREE to OKAPT members!  You will receive 2 CEUs for LPC, LMFT, LCSW in addition to APT CEUs.  Angie Metcalf will be presenting on “Using Play Therapy with Toddler Tantrums”.  The location of the workshop will be 512 W. Washington in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.  To attend the training, please sign up by emailing Sharon Beets at skbeets@yahoo.com.  Just let her know who you are, if you are a current member of OKAPT, and that you are planning on attending.

Keep in mind, you can view the most updated information on our Lunch-and Learn training opportunities on our website at:


The next one is scheduled for August in OKC.  We will also have another training in Broken Arrow, one in Lawton, and one in Stillwater in 2017.  Take advantage of our membership perks!

Also, please stay in contact by reading this newsletter.  I hope by next month, the annual conference presenter will be set.  I can’t wait for that announcement!

Stay cool and playful!

Nancy Rumley Soliz, MS, LMFT, RPT-S
OKAPT President

Upcoming Education Opportunities


Are you heading to Minneapolis in October for the APT International Conference?  If so, for a limited time only, APT is offering 35% off conference workshop fees for all current APT members! Use Discount Code APT35. Discount cannot be combined with other discounts and valid only until June 6, 2017!  I know I took the opportunity and signed up today.  We hope to see many of your faces there!

If you can’t make it to the conference, please join us for Lunch and Learn workshops right here in Oklahoma.  The next training will be Friday, July 14th 11:30 am-1:00 pm.  It will be held at 512 W. Washington in Broken Arrow.  Angie Metcalf, LPC will be presenting on Using Play with Toddler Tantrums.  You don’t want to miss it!

Check out our website for the most up-to-date information on FREE CEU trainings for members of OKAPT!


Have a great June!

Nancy Rumley Soliz, MS, LMFT, RPT-S
President OKAPT

Happy Spring, OKAPT!

Happy Spring OKAPT!

It is officially the start of a new APT year, and that means that you have a new OKAPT Board!  I wanted to take some time out to let you know my plans as president and what we are working on so far.  The first thing I want to implement, is monthly newsletters to inform you of what we have been discussing and remind you of upcoming FREE trainings for OKAPT members.  Training opportunities are occurring in Oklahoma City, Broken Arrow, Stillwater, and Lawton for 2017.  We have tentative dates, but I want to have all the information approved before giving the information out.  Look for that in the next newsletter and on the OKAPT website.

Speaking of the OKAPT website, the board is working on getting new headshots and information to me so the board webpage can be updated.   Please check out the website for contact information!  www.oka4pt.com   The new board members are:


Nancy Rumley Soliz, LMFT, RPT-S


Sharon Beets, LPC, RPT-President-Elect

Board Members

Nikkie Dunnigan, LPC, RPT

Tiffany Hawkins-Berry, LPC, RPT

Stephanie Horton, LPC, RPT

Kay Johndrow, LPC, LBP, LADC-S, RPT-S

Lea May, LMFT, RPT-S

Cynthia Osuna, LPC, NCC, RPT

Julie Reising, LMFT


I hope you have a playful April!


Nancy Rumley Soliz, MS, LMFT, RPT-S

President OKAPT

Happy Holidays, OKAPT!

I hope you are staying warm in this weather!  I just wanted to give everyone an update about what has been happening with OKAPT.  As of yesterday, the election has closed for the 2017-2019 board.  We will be counting up the votes and meeting as a board before announcing the results.  Before the conference on January 28th, we will let all those who ran for board positions know the results.  We will then announce the election results at the conference, and will send out the results in a newsletter to those who were unable to attend the conference.

Those members that are newly-elected board members are encouraged to attend the board meeting that will be held during lunch time of the conference.  The new board members will officially start their term on April 1, 2017 and will end their term on March 31, 2019.  Join us at the conference to be the first to know who will be on the board!

About the conference: YOU ARE NOW ABLE TO REGISTER VIA OUR WEBSITE!  You can choose to pay for the conference with a credit card, or you can register to pay at the door.  The conference will feature Dr. Robert Jason Grant, author of Autplay Therapy Handbook and creator of Autplay Therapy®.  His presentation entitled “Play Therapy for Autism, ADHD, and other Neurodevelopmental Disorders,” will be one you won’t want to miss.  Six hours of continuing education credit will be available for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCs, and LBPs, as well as six hours of direct play therapy credit from APT.  OKAPT members get an added bonus for their membership by getting 3 additional FREE CEUs offered Friday evening with a paid admission to the conference on Saturday.  You will also be able to register for the Friday night workshops on the website.  Register today and spread the word:

As always, please contact us with any questions!
Nancy Rumley Soliz, MS, LMFT, RPT-S
Interim President-Elect

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact us at  okassociationforplaytherapy@gmail.com.

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